When the effect of the anaesthetic has worn off it is normal to experience some pain. There may be a little blood which may persist for a day or two.
There may be some swelling to the jaw and some bruising may occur. If that is the case it is important to use an ice pack on the affected area as soon as possible after the operation. Place the ice in a plastic bag inside a wash mitt or flannel to avoid direct contact between the ice and the skin.
Please note that when one is already in pain it is more difficult to treat. Therefore, it is important to start taking your prescribe painkillers straight away after the procedure as indicated.
Continue with your usual oral hygiene.
The teeth around the operated area should be brushed with a surgical dental brush, 7/100 mm. This brush must also be used to carefully brush the stitches after having soaked it in a mouthwash.
If there is a haemorrhage, fold a sterile compress and soak it in “oxygenated water” (Eau Oxygenie – Hydrolen Peroxyde) then press it hard on the affected area for five minutes.
You should only take medication which has been personally prescribed for you by your dentist. Take everything exactly as indicated by your dentist. It is important not to stop taking the anti-biotic too soon. Take all medication for the time period it has been prescribed.
Do not start using a mouth wash on the day of the procedure. Wait until the following day when a blood clot has formed.
Do not eat food which is hard to chew.
Do not drink or eat anything hot for the first two days after the procedure.
Do not eat hard food, sticky things (for example chewing gum and sweets), irritants (for example spiced and acidic) or grains/seeds (for example rice, and semolina).
Do not force the mouth open wide or pull/stretch your lips.
Do not suck or pass the tongue over the wound.
Do not start to smoke until at least three weeks after the procedure.
If you have cause at all for concern, please telephone the surgery or contact Dr Besse by email.